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UNIFORM & KIT ISSUED TO THE JAPANESE ARMY DURING WW2

This pictorial library is devoted to the recording of "Uniform and Kit" issued to a Japanese Soldier of any corps, during the Second World War. Consider it a virtual "Q" Store in Japanese militaria. It is not exhaustive and will be added to over time. Any reader who wishes to contribute photographs and text will be recognised and credited with such information. I also invite collectors of other nation's militaria to forward content (please see our other countries listed on the drop down menu) - so that a comprehensive list of "Axis" and "Allies" uniform/kit is detailed.

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Mortar, Type 89 (50mm)

This weapon is more associated with being a 'grenade launcher' rather than fitting into the category of 'mortar'. In fact, the initial assessment by some Allied troops led them to the mistaken belief - that this was a "knee" mortar. The fact that the Type 89 had a small base plate; consistant in shape and curvature so as to appear to sit comfortably on the human thigh. Of course, any attempt to fire it whilst resting on the thigh, ended with disastrous affect upon the user. It had a rifled barrel and was capable of discharging a shell specifically designed for the weapon or the standard Type 91 Hand Grenade. The grenade however, would not produce the same performance with regards to 'range' as the purpose made shell, which could be launched a distance of 700 yards (approximately 640 metres). By the very nature of it's size and weight; this weapon was highly portable. In campaigns where vehicular transport was non-existent (such as the Kokoda Track in New Guinea) this weapon was a valuable option in terms of range and fire power.

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